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Fifth Annual Jazz Festival

Fifth Annual Jazz Festival

Featuring the Music of Jazz Icon Charlie Parker
November 7-8, 2014

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue  | Evanston


Tickets:  $30 adults |  $20 seniors | $10 students

Lecture:  $10 General Admission

JazzPass:  $55 adults |  $35 seniors

Tickets Hotline:  800.838.0006

 Questions?  847.448.8329


Festival Sponsor ~ The Howard and Ursula Dubin Foundation


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All events take place in Nichols Concert Hall:

Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm: Bird with Strings 

The festival opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary Bird with Strings recordings, with jazz veteran Charles McPherson as saxophone soloist and Music Institute Artist in Residence Tammy McCann singing “Easy Living” and “I Thought About You.” Also on the program is a newly commissioned work for jazz quartet and strings by Northwestern University Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines.


Saturday, November 8, 9-3 pm:  Jazz Invitational

Coordinated by Audrey Morrison, director of Jazz Studies at MIC, the Jazz Invitationial brings several jazz bands from area high schools to Nichols Concert Hall for public performances and professional coaching.


Saturday, November 8, 3-4 pm:  Charles McPherson Jazz Clinic
There is a $5 admission fee (at the door) with all proceeds going to the Billy Strayhorn Scholarship in Jazz Studies.

Saturday, November 8, 4 pm: Lecture and Book-Signing

The festival continues with a lecture by acclaimed cultural critic and author Stanley Crouch, who discusses his recent book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Richard Steele serves as moderator.


Saturday, November 8, 7:30 pm: Bebop Extravaganza

The closing concert features Charles McPherson on saxophone and the Music Institute jazz faculty quintet, with Victor Garcia on trumpet, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Stewart Miller on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, and Music Institute Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison on trombone performing Charlie Parker classics, such as “Confirmation,” “Moose the Mooch,” and “Ornithology.”

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Tammy McCann